Donald will be providing an insight into his runners each week and guiding our readers on his best chances.
RaceBets are delighted to announce their partnership with leading Jumps trainer Donald McCain who will become the firm’s new brand ambassador.
The partnership will see the Cheshire based trainer write regular blogs exclusively for RaceBets, sharing his thoughts on his upcoming races and giving RaceBets customers the opportunity to visit his Bankhouse training base throughout the season.
Donald is one of the biggest trainers in the North and having come just shy of the century of winners last year when he had 98 winners, he will be looking to break through this for the 2018/2019 season.
This season has got off to a superb start with 35 winners, especially considering that Donald hasn't pushed his horses to be ready with the good weather leaving the ground on the quick side for most national hunt horses.
New recruit Cloudy Dream will be the first high profile runner from Bankhouse this season when he runs in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Sunday. Donald said of his inmate:
“He’ll probably go to the Old Roan at Aintree on Sunday. There’s nothing to stop us doing that at the moment and then I’ll learn more about him when I start running him.”
Some of the horses that readers can look forward to hearing include the aforementioned Cloudy Dream, Aintree regular Katachenko, Mount Mews and exciting novice chaser Uppertown Prince.
“We couldn't be more excited about our new affiliation with Donald McCain, he‘s one of the best national hunt trainers in the country and with the recent influx of quality horses from Trevor Hemmings and from the sales, this season looks to be his most exciting ever”
“Donald has one of the finest training establishments which I had the pleasure of visiting recently and with so many top horses at his disposal, we just can't wait to see them on the track” said RaceBets Alex Haig.
Donald said: “We are very excited and grateful to RaceBets for sponsoring our yard this season. They are the only bookmaker that focuses wholly on horse racing which is the sport we all love, so it's a good fit”
His own father was the late-great Ginger McCain who trained the legendary Red Rum to win three Grand Nationals (1973, 1974 and 1977) and also Amberleigh House in the 2004 renewal.
Donald learnt the training ropes from some of the sports best trainers after spending two and a half years working for Luca Cumani before becoming pupil assistant to Oliver Sherwood. He followed this by working in some of the top Flat yards during the summer break from jumping, spending time with Sir Michael Stoute and Chris Wall.
He took over the training licence from his father in 2006 and has had some big race winners since then with an undoubted highlight coming in 2011 when Ballabriggs landed the Grand National.
It was announced back in May that Brian Hughes would be the number one jockey at Bankhouse for the season with Donald saying:
“For a number of years now Brian has been the standout rider in the north so this appointment can only be a positive step for the long-term future and security of my business and is in the best interest of my owners, staff and horses”
Former champion conditional jockey Will Kennedy will still be a big part of the team along with Lorcan Murtagh and his two daughters Abbie and Ella.
Donald's Big Winners:
- Ballabriggs (Grand National 2011 & Kim Muir 2010)
- Cinders And Ashes (Supreme Novice Hurdle 2012)
- Cloudy Lane (Kim Muir 2007 & Peter Marsh Chase 2009)
- Ile De Re (Chester Cup 2012 & Northumberland Plate 2012)
- Overturn (Northumberland Plate 2010, Galway Hurdle 2010, Fighting Fifth Hurdle 2011 & Chester Cup 2011)
- Peddlers Cross (Neptune Novice Hurdle 2010 & Fighting Fifth Hurdle 2010)
- Son Of Flicka (Coral Cup 2012)
- Whiteoak (David Nicholson Mares Hurdle 2008)
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